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Carmelo Anthony is better than LeBron James


March 19th, 2006 by DarnMee

That caught your attention, didn’t it!

Thursday morning on 560 ESPN, I heard Jim Armstrong say that since January 6, Carmelo has had 6 games where he made the last second, game-winning shot. He went on to say that LeBron James has not hit a single game-winner like that in his whole NBA career. (Note: A little internet research shows that he had hit one game winner – on Feb 6, 2006.)

Do you remember when Carmelo was drafted? At the time, I felt like the Nuggets were fortunate to get the third pick. Even though it seemed like once again, we had bad luck in the lottery. LeBron James, the high school boy wonder, was obviously going to be the first pick. Serbian-born Darko Milicic was supposed to be this incredible talent who deserved to go second. That left the Nuggets stuck with Carmelo Anthony. What a situation to be stuck with—all Carmelo had ever done was carry his team to the NCAA championship. (I ask you, what is that compared to winning the high school state championship? What’s that compared to a spot on the All-Serbian team?)

So, instead of getting to pick a kid who had never even faced college-level talent or a European kid who was all potential and hype that no one had ever seen, we had to settle for a player who was such a stud that he was the MVP of the NCAA tournament as a freshman. Tough luck, huh?

When the Nuggets drafted Carmelo, I thought that we had gotten lucky. Carmelo was a proven winner. A successful leader who had played every position for Syracuse in the tournament but center—how like Magic Johnson that seemed. He raised his game and bagged the NCAA title—how like Michael Jordan that seemed. To me that was worth more than all the hype about potential that was being dished about Darko and LeBron both.

Since the draft, Carmelo has lived in LeBron’s shadow. LeBron is a marvelously talented basketball player, a floor-leader, a great scorer, a true all-star. But is he a winner? Can he take a team to a championship? Carmelo can. Does LeBron have the ice in his veins that is necessary to sink the game winning shot? Carmelo does.

Perhaps this is the season in which Carmelo will emerge from LeBron’s shadow.

After a couple of years in the league, Carmelo is adjusting. He’s shaking off some of the problems that come with fame, money, and the immaturity inherent in being 20-years old. He is adjusting to playing at the NBA level, and we are starting to see glimpses of greatness.

The playoffs this summer will be Carmelo’s opportunity to shine. If the team can do some real damage, like reaching the Western finals, basketball fans will have to give the kid his due.

Of course there is one true way to shake off all doubters—for Carmelo Anthony to bring a championship to Denver. Is that going to happen this year? I seriously doubt it. But for the first time in a long time, Nuggets fans can dream that a great player is going to lead the team to the promised land. Because that is what a great player, a player better than LeBron James, will do.

45 Responses to “Carmelo Anthony is better than LeBron James”

  1. Wavatar DarnMee Says:

    An addendum.

    As of Sunday morning, Adam Thomspon wrote in the Denver Post that since he joined the league, Carmelo has the highest percentage of successful game winning shots in the NBA. He also leads the league in the number of game-winners. Clutch, my friend. C-L-U-T-C-H.

  2. Wavatar ZEMEN Says:

    carmello is better than lebron???? who said this???

  3. Wavatar aswitzer Says:

    The author of the article said this! Read it and find out why… the reasons are stacking up game by game!

  4. Wavatar melofan Says:

    look at it this way. lebron gets 30+ points, almost 10 assists and some steals but misses the game winning shot. carmelo lives under pressure! he takes the game winning shot and makes it!

  5. Wavatar corona Says:

    I would have agreed with your statements about a month to two months ago.
    But over the past few weeks Lebron has taken his game another level.

    Carmelo’s still playing out of his mind—30+ seemingly every night, game winning shots, the team’s winning even when kmart & others sit out.

    But the Cavs are 10-1 in their last 11. They’ve beaten Dallas, Miami and New Jersey among other teams. Lebron’s currently on a streak of 9 straight games with 35+ points, shooting around 55% from the field. Absolutely amazing.

    I think what could really set Carmelo apart, and get him up to that same level would be to get the nuggets to the WCF’s (by beating memphis/LA and phoenix). And he can’t just be a part of the team to do that. He has to be ‘the guy’ pretty much the whole game—he has to take on more of a leadership role, an energy role, and get the team buckets when they’re slumping, or get them stops when they’re getting beat on defense.

    We’ll see what happens.

  6. Wavatar nugg doctor Says:

    While I do agree with you that Carmelo is one of the most under appreciated stars in the league, I would have to disagree with you that he is better than Lebron James. Melo has hit the most game winning shots by any active player, this much is true, but his numbers in no way shape or form can compare with Lebron James. Remember the sophomore slump Melo had? James had no such lapse. One could also argue that James plays on a a less talented team. He has no Marcus Camby, or Andre Miller. James scores more points, rebounds much better, and is a superior passer. I love Carmelo Anthony, please don’t get it twisted, but it is basically consensus around the league that Lebron is a more complete player. I don’t want to really get anyone in a tizzy, but what about Dwayne Wade? Some would argue that he is even a more complete player than Carmelo, I said some because I would not be one of those people, but If your going to mention Darko, you have to mention the other bonafide superstar that is from that draft class.

  7. Wavatar Morgan Says:

    Have you all ever watched the two of themplay each other? LeBron is always the better player when they go head to head, mostly because he shuts Carmelo down when he has to. LeBron’s been doing it since they were at the McDonald’s game during LeBron’s junior year (melo’s senior year). Yes Carmelo is the clutch player but LeBron is the overall dominator.

  8. Wavatar Young Deezy Says:

    YO okay forget this, melo is better and everyone knows it forget the numbers look what melo does on the court,1 on 1 melo would win,all lebron is, is flashyness. THATS IT. all he is a pass first player, melo is a score first,but if melo wants to be he can be flashy too..he shoulda been in the all-star game twice but got robbed and i feel hes sooo under-rated forget lebron man hes nothin to melo

  9. Wavatar G Man Says:

    Carmelo is definatly better 1v1… he can get past anyone with his jab step and if the defender isn’t going to be fooled by the jab step he melo will just go straight past him or fake w/ a bigger jab step then just pull up for a J and hit it… no defender can stop that. he scored 43 against bowen (the best defender in the NBA). also what awards did lebron get this season… NONE Melo got NBA Clutch Player Of The Year. Oh and his clutch shooting percentage is almost double of what michael jordan’s is.

  10. Wavatar $THUG$ Says:

    Let me put it 2 ya’ll straight melo came he saw he conquered hola period.

  11. Wavatar ~303~ Says:

    LeBron isn’t even on Melos level! No one can touch him or stop him!!! He’s gonna be bigger then Jordan and Kobe!!!!!

  12. Wavatar asdf Says:

    You guys are all a bunch of retards … R-E-T-A-R-D-S … Carmello Anthony is not even close to being as good an ‘Bron. Ask any expert / coach / analyst. You retarded mountain hicks

  13. Wavatar poiu Says:

    Wow, all of you are waay off. The only REASONABLE comparison of young talent now is D Wade and Lebron (btw. ‘Bron would be twice the player Dwade is if he had the supporting cast DWade does … he’s bigger, stronger, smarter, younger and more aggressive) Carmello is a distant third (maybe even 4th behind Chris Bosh) … wow, I guess one shouldn’t go to a Nuggets fan site, if one wants to gather intelligent viewpoints

  14. Wavatar CORDELL H Says:

    CARMELO IS BETTER THAN LEBRON…………………… THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ITS CRAZY HOW PEOPLE KEEP SAYING LEBRON THIS LEBRON THAT HE EAS DONE NOTHING. DWAYNE WADE IS BETTER THAN LEBRON AND RIGHT NOW!!! BETTER THAN MELO….. LEBRON IS 6 FOOT 8 WITH NO POST GAME….. AGAIN ALMOST 7 FEET TALL AND NO POST GAME…….. MELO IS ARGUABLY THE BEST SMALL FOWARD IN THE LEAGUE IN THE POST…….. LOOK AT MELO’S RESUME… HE HAS A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HARDEST AMAETUR LEAGUE IN THE WORLD……( NOT THE NBDL) HE HAS TAKEN HIS TEAM THE DENVER NUGGETS ( LISTEN TO ME AGAIN ) THE DENVER NUGGETS TO THE PLAYOFFS EVERY YEAR HE HAS BEEN THERE AND IF YOU ALL ARE REAL SPORTS FANS AND REMEMBER THAT THE 2 TIMES THAT LEBRON AND MELO DID MATCH UP IN HIGHSCHOOL MELO WON BOTH TIMES ( HA HA HA LEBRON FANS ) AND I BET ANY KIND OF MONEY THAT MELO WILL GET A CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE LEBRON…… LEBRON MIGHT GET AN MVP AWARD BEFORE MELO BUT THAT DOESNT MATTER WHAT MATTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS AND P.S. TO ALL LEBRON FANS MELO MIGHT NOT BE ON THE SAME LEVEL ATHLETICALLY AS LEBRON BUT NEITHER WAS “MAGIC” AND HE WAS A HELL OF ALOT BETTER

  15. Wavatar Teddy BallGame Says:

    Straight out of C-Town…We can argue all day about who’s the best: Melo, Bron, or Wade…Personally, i think Melo is a better basketball player (not athelete) than Bron is…Offensively there isnt even a comparison…Melo is a legit inside-outside player and his jab step is lethal…and his jumpshot form is pure. Lebron is an athletic freak…With all that, if you been observing the Team USA in FIBA-you can see what separates the men from the boys. You can see plainly that Joe Johnson is not on Wade’s level; you can see that Brad Miller cant hold Brand’s jock…now compare LeBron to Melo and it is not that obvious…Matter of fact, Melo looks to be the better player of the two with Wade coming in a close second to Melo…Forget the Cavs and Nugz…This is the true barometor-playing with a great group of players..AND WHO STANDS OUT? Since day one- Coach K, the media (surprisingly) and everyone else has been saying that Melo has been a beast and USA’s best player…This is the true barometer and it is hands down CARMELO…What does Melo have that Bron doesnt? Melo is a dawg…did you see what he did to Linas Klieza (a Nugz teammate)…he’s got that killer mentality and bron doesnt.

  16. Wavatar Amar Gamble Says:

    Yo simply D wade is the greatest. He is the closest to the great Mike Jordan. He has been the stimulus for the Miami Heat and led them to the championship. (And Won THe MVP) Melo is nice dont get me wrong i mean i watched the USA games he waas sh***** ish nuffin. And Lebron is 1 hell of a player also. But in my eyez call me crazy if u want but Dwayne Wade is the greatest and i think he will have the brightest future out of all of them. And why im at it all u Basketball scouts look out for Randolph High ball team we coming up come to our games. Randolph Ma 02368
    All record labels look out for da sqaud B.T.I out of Boston Ma holla.

  17. Wavatar yo Says:

    this is a soft subject…although i am a melo fan i think that lebron is still better than melo…but that just becouse bron has matured his game much faster…melo is more talented and is improving every game…soon he will surpass him…now about wade…you can’t really know how good he is becouse he has a far better team…how he played in the playoffs makes him the best…but that is just becouse he has much more support and not so much preasure

  18. Wavatar da dub Says:

    carmelo is way better than lebron even though i like them both i say he is better but i dont matta to them who is better so why should it to yall.melo,bron,and dwade are all bestfriends do slow me up and stoping tryin to compare them wit each otha

  19. Wavatar adam Says:

    i think der da same

  20. Wavatar melo_15 Says:

    melo > dwade > lebron

    lebron is so overrated and not as good as melo or dwyane. do yal hav any idea how hard melo works every night. melo is tha kind of guy who can lead a team…to a ‘chip maybe nd so is dwyane as he already proved but lebron hasnt got the personality to go all out and work his arse off for his teammates

  21. Wavatar melo_15 Says:

    melo will be HOF and tha best ever but dont think bron will improve much more.

  22. Wavatar chaim rocks Says:

    melo rocks he’ll kill lebron with his offence but the only way to see lebron even close to melo he has defence but 1v1 or 1v2 melo kills

    so long

  23. Wavatar Don Lapre Jeffery Says:

    I can’t accept your heading …lebron is great according to me….trust me ya!

    Don Lapre Jeffery
    webmaster@donlaprejones.com
    http://www.donlaprejones.com

  24. Wavatar MELO FAN (CARRIE) Says:

    HECK YES CARMELO IS BETTER THAN LEBRON JAMES!!! ONE THING *CLUTCH*…CARMELO ANTHONY MOST OF THE TIMES MAKES THE WINNING SHOT…LEBRON??? NOPE…N-O!!!! I LIKE LEBRON BUT IT’S THE REALITY, HE’S NOT BETTER THAN MELO, AND HE IS NOT THE KING!!!! IF SOMEONE WAS TO BE A KING IT WOULD BE MELO….LOL BUT UR ALRIGHT LEBRON….UR JUST…..NOT BETTER THAN MELO….I’M SORRY.

  25. Wavatar Greg Says:

    What is the arm band that Mello and AI wear? whats is it’s purpose?

  26. Wavatar Tyler Says:

    Melo is a hell of a lot better than lebron…period

  27. Wavatar Maney B Says:

    truthfully mello is alot better then labron the only reason lobron is even compareable is becouse he plays in the less talented east and doesnt have to go against the best fowards in the leage night in and night out mello has taken the nuggets to the playoffs every year hes been there before him it had been 10 years no playoffs even more mello should have been rookie of the year he had more points per game and his team had a better record but labron has always got all the hype oh wellmello showed his domminance in the world games and started this season the top scorer in the leage as soon as he and ai get on the same page watch out nba you will no longer be able to keep mello under the radar mello is amutch more dominant force in the nba period…..

  28. Wavatar 31 7 and 7 Says:

    wow wow wow 26ppg 5 reb and 3 assits for melo lebron 31 7 and 7 every one stfu i realy dont give a f*ck if he hit game winners he got kick out first round and lebron went to game 7 with the pistons hes blows him away in stats every year why r we even makeing this comparison lebron killed wade every year in stas hes better wade has a better team and thats why he won if u put lebron in the finals he woulda got 40 ppg and 10 assits cuz the ppl r good shooters on that team and lebron can find them and he can go to the basket all day 250 please he got the most and 1’s in nba history last year with 79 hes a truck he can shoot the 3 and he average 36 ppg in the seirs with whasington and got 2 gamewinners posting a triple double his first playoff game hes way better triple double lebron 26 5 and 3 ahhahahahahhahahhaha 31 7 and 7 biatchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  29. Wavatar 31 7 and 7 Says:

    he might be the leading scorer but wheres the rebounds and assits lebron puts up better numbers than both wade and carspello all ppl measure by is stats and championships ppl in 20 years n not gonna be like whoooa dude in 2006 melo hit like 6 game winners there gonna say he got 26ppg 5rebounds and 3 assits and ppl r gonna be like damm lebron 31ppg 7 reb 7 assits and dwanye will be good with 27ppg 5 rebound and 6assits and a championship but lebron killed them stat wise over the 82 games he put up better numbers every nite and thats why hes better if ur good u put up good numbers and u show u got 82 games to show it and lebron did it more holler back if u neeed more reason why lebron is better cuz ill tell u but this blog entery is getting pretty long and ppl dont wana read a long ass blog

  30. Wavatar 31 7 and 7 Says:

    wow i just caint stop dissing carspello anthony at age 19 a teenager lebron got 27pts 7 reb and 7 assts a effin teenager when most ppl r college freshmens sittin the bench wow then when hes 21 to get 31 7 and 7 wow theres so many records he has youngest player to win mvp youngest player to score 30pts youngest player to youngest player to get a tiple double 2cond most ppg in first playoof series 36 many more holler at ya boy

  31. Wavatar 31 7 and 7 Says:

    lebron is the best going to the rim no one can stop him he either gets fouled and 1 or just makes it no foul small forwards r like 225 average lebron is 250 and the fastest small forward to he can take anyone to the rim whenever he has a better 3 than mello hands down mid range i give to mello dunking of courese lebron clutch i give to melo ball handling skills i give to lebron and jumping lebron he can touch the top of the backboard melo can do that is his dreams game over mello ur just a good player never to be great lebron is already great whith the place he has in history so only 3 ppl in their rookie season got 21 5 reb and 5 assists (micheal oscar and Lebron) thats history yo all r lebron haters cuz this a nuggets website but if u ask anyone else besides

  32. Wavatar melo boy 555 Says:

    lebron cant do any thing but dunk. he has a few lucky game winning shots. melo on the other hand… is way better. all lebron does is dunk. im sure if melo tries, he can do any stupid looking dunk lebron does. 16 game winning shots melo has. lebron 4. melo is a next mj and soon the next kobe. lebron cant shoot. melo can. its simple… melo is way better

  33. Wavatar Gehre a.k.a EDGE Says:

    LEBRON HAD BETTER NUMBERS THAN CARMELO THE FIRST 2 YEARS BUT THE PAST TWO YEARS
    CARMELO HAS DONE BETTER.WHEN ITS NUGGETS VS. CAVS LEBRON CANT SHAKE HIM HE CANT BUST ON HIM SO HE JUS PASSES IT OR RUNS UP FOR A HUGE DUNK,MELO CAN DUNK 2 HE’S GOT THE WINDMILS AND ALL OF THAT HE’S A WAY BETTER CLUTCH PLAYER THAN LEBRON.HE’S HAD MORE GAME-WINNER THAN LEBRON LIKE YOU SAID.BUT 4 SOME REASON CARMELO STAYS IN LEBRONS SHADOW AND I THINK ITS BECAUSE CARMELO HAS THE BETTER TEAM.CAVS ARE NOTHING SO IT MAKES LEBRON LOOK LIKE SOME GOD WHEN HE ISNT.LEBRON JUST EVOLVED FASTER,BUT NOW IT WILL BE CARMELO’S YEAR 4 A FACT

  34. Wavatar No biases Says:

    ok no biases (thats the name) but i think lebron has the upper hand in terms of overall skills. here’s a breakdown: in terms of offense: melo’s got it in shooting, clutch shots and freethrows while lebron gets the ppg and the highlight reel dunks. Furthermore, in an interview with melo about why he doesn’t go for the showboat dunks is that he values simplicity and quality than have a chance to blow the dunk off and that may cause trouble. Another case is that when people compare that lebron is better than melo because he has brought the cavs to the nba finals and melo was knocked off the first round. Here’s the deal: East last year was not even on par with the West guys. The only big deal was the cavs knocking the pistons off, and we applaud them for that but got blown out out and away by the spurs, while denver made a fantastic strong performance finishing in a good spot at the end of the season but got beaten by the spurs (at least they won a game). The thing is, bron’s better at the athleticism and defensive department (in terms of speed and quickness, more blocks than melo, leaping, passing, showmanship, dribbling) but he’s beginning to be selfish than his old self (probably emerging as a second kobe) while melo is better at the offensive department (shooting, steals, 3pt barrage, CLUTCH, and finesse). Melo’s the type that electrifies the crowd whenever the nuggets’ are in a close game, im implying that “you can’t blink or you’ll miss it!”. I think melo will get the champ ring first coz he has better teammates than lebron. Dwade’s out of the picture coz he’s a guard and he’s smaller. So let’s leave him behind for now.

  35. Wavatar No biases Says:

    If you really wanna compare melo and lebron then move the nuggets in the east and cavs on the west. Remove iverson from the pic. Let’s see what will happen. Walla!!! Melo wins in my opinion. There’s just a lack of suitable competitors for lebron in the east. While in the west, its like a dog fight.

  36. Wavatar No biases Says:

    And by the way (added stuff) melo looks like he’s just below 20 years old, but look at lebron, he looks old and he’s like 35+ or something. har har.. its a fun fact right? =) no wonder bron’s REEEEAAALLLY experienced in basketball.. more than 25 years playing basketball.. that’s tough.. haha

  37. Wavatar No biases Says:

    can lebron take a fade away jumper? not! dwade yes == melo yes
    can lebron hit clutch shots? not! dwade yes == melo yes

  38. Wavatar TullyBl Says:

    Melo is a far better baller than Lebron in every part of the game. Lebron is not better than Melo at anything. Melo is a better shooter, a way better defensive player, a better scorer, better rebounder, better shot blocker, and has a smoother game than Lebron. Lebron will never be good enough to compete with Melo. Melo is Lebron’s master! Lebron shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath as Melo. Melo on his worst day is still a whole lot better than Lebron could ever hope to be. Melo is superior to lebron in every part of the game. Melo will be a legend in this game, Lebron will just be another player who, if he’s lucky, may someday make it to the bottom of a Carmelo Anthony poster, showing Melo dunking and standing on him! No matter how hard Lebron tries, he will always be inferior to Carmelo Anthony aka “The LebronKiller.”

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  41. Wavatar Gone quiet long enough Says:

    Ok, i laughed throughout this whole readin of the replies…..

    Since when did Carmello become “TheLebronKiller”….

    No biasm said “Lebron cant hit fadeaways”…youtube how he hit at least 5 fadeaways vs detroit in the ECF’s where he landed at the half-court line after the shot.

    Lebron lead the league in game-winners in the first round of the 05 play-offs(his first play-off series) with either 2 or 3 game winners! Thats Clutch!

    To everyone who said lebron wasn’t as good of a scorer,,,he just won his fist scoring title, something melo has yet to do.

    G MAN says “Melo won the Clutch player of the year award….i wanna know who the f*ck told u that there was such thing as a clutch player of the year award….

    Corona and 31 7 and 7 are the only ppl that used the facts and numbers in there replies…so they are the only ppl that made real arguments….

    No Biasism, just bcuz u call urself that then only note melo’s acomplishments doesn’t make u nonbiast…..especially on a site about the denver nuggets,,,,,

    Now that i prove this who website of replies wrong….i think im done…..

  42. Wavatar santa Says:

    Why does Carmelo wear the arm band?

  43. Wavatar carmelo blows Says:

    Hahaha I was just reading and I was going to point how completely ridiculous this is. Someone said lebron shouldn’t be in the same breath as carmelo. This is true, due to the fact that lebron has left carmelo in the dust. Lebron is far better at every phase of the game than carmelo. Anyone who disagrees is a complete idiot.

  44. Wavatar Harold Ganter Says:

    I like your site.

  45. Wavatar Lauryn Ropers Says:

    Wow,I love The Heat! They are the best team in basketball! We will never see another 3 headed monsterteam like this again! Go Bosh!

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